Ocasio-Cortez endorses Ilhan Omar, of “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” infamy (#MN05)
The far-left rallies around a proud Israel hater with a questionable past to replace Keith Ellison.
Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar is running in the Democratic Primary to replace Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Ellison, as you will recall, is the former Nation of Islam activist who has a long history of promoting and associating with anti-Israel groups. Ellison embodied the Red-Green alliance, far-left and Islamist anti-Israel politics.
I summarized Ellison’s ‘Farrakhan problem’ in Keith Ellison’s Farrakhan addiction:
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is a darling of the progressive movement, which pushed hard for him to be Chair of the Democratic National Committee. But Ellison had to settle for Vice Chair.
An issue that has dogged Ellison his entire political career was his relationship to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam for a decade or more ending in the late 1990s.
Ellison once wrote under the names Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, and supported and defended the Nation of Islam even as Farrakhan was excoriated in mainstream politics for his anti-Semitism and anti-white racism.
When Ellison ran for Congress in 2006, he disavowed Farrakhan, and downplayed his own role in the Nation of Islam. The Power Line Keith Ellison Archive is a must read. Keith Ellison for Dummies, in particular, has the timeline of Ellison’s career with documents, and his strategic 2006 apology to the Jewish community.
We covered Ellison’s prevarications on Farrakhan in numerous posts:
- Mother Jones proves Keith Ellison lying about his Farrakhan history
- Keith Ellison DNC bid circling Farrakhan drain as Perez set to announce
- Soros-funded groups fight scrutiny of Keith Ellison’s Nation of Islam past
- Keith Ellison blames “right-wing smear campaign” for his Farrakhan and Israel controversies
Ellison is not running for reelection to Congress. Instead, he is running in the Democratic primary for Minnesota Attorney General. Ellison as Attorney General of any state, or a prosecutor of any nature, is frightening given his past and recent history.
If you thought the Minnesota 5th District would return to a less radical congressional representative, you might be wrong. The leading Democrat in this safe Democrat District is Ilhan Omar.
As Scott Johnson wrote in June 2018, MN-05 is The Anti-Israel Seat:
Ellison’s June 5 announcement created an opening for Omar. Omar’s legislative district in Minneapolis sits squarely within the Fifth District. She quickly declared her intention to seek to succeed Ellison. Despite her lack of accomplishment, she won the party’s endorsement at the special DFL [the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, affiliated with the national Democratic party] Fifth District endorsing convention held on June 17. She’ll face four opponents in the August 14 primary to determine the party’s nominee, but by any reckoning she must be deemed the heavy favorite.
Omar has a certain star quality. An articulate and attractive woman, she came to the United States from Somalia by way of a Kenyan refugee camp at the age of 12. She’s nevertheless a self-described “intersectional feminist” who espouses the full Bernie Bro socialist catastrophe with slightly less charm than Hillary Clinton.
The Fifth District is made up of Minneapolis and inner-ring suburbs including St. Louis Park. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+26, it is one of the most heavily Democratic districts in the country. The DFL nominee will win the election this November.
Johnson, who is from Minnesota, has followed and documented Omar’s career (much as he did with Ellison), and wrote in September 2016, The Curious Case of Ilhan Omar:
In early August, 33-year-old Ilhan Omar became an overnight sensation in Minnesota politics. Her primary victory over 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn secured the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) endorsement of Omar’s candidacy to represent House District 60B in the state legislature. Minneapolis’s Star Tribune trumpeted Omar’s victory in a huge headline on its front page, proclaiming that the Somali immigrant’s victory had “made history.” The paper followed up with two more retrospective stories admiring Omar’s triumph.
Omar’s victory shouldn’t have come as a surprise. She campaigned hard in the district, which includes the heart of the Cedar Riverside area now known as Little Mogadishu. Omar’s third DFL primary opponent was Somali, as is her Republican challenger (who has since suspended his campaign). The Star Tribune nonetheless portrayed the win as a remarkable accomplishment, not only because Omar defeated Kahn, who is tied for the longest-serving legislator in state history, but also because of Omar’s background. She spent time in a Kenyan refugee camp before settling in the Twin Cities in the late 1990s.
As many candidates do, Omar has made her personal background an integral part of her campaign. But neither the candidate nor the reporters who covered her have shown much interest in exploring one aspect of her personal story that recently came to public attention: the fact that she is not legally married to the man she advertises as the husband and the father of her three children. In fact, she is legally married to another man—who may be her brother.
Omar’s 2016 response is archived here:
A number of baseless, absurd rumors that don’t bear repeating have been made recently about my personal life and family. Let me be clear: they are categorically false.
Now, the question that needs to be asked is, “Why are these absurd and hateful rumors being circulated?”
It matters that I am a woman. It matters that I am a Somali-American woman. It matters that I am a Muslim and immigrant woman. It matters that our campaign won the primary by creating a multi-cultural coalition between longtime residents, East Africans immigrants and students. This campaign has always been about bringing people together across lines of difference and that’s not going to change.
I know deeply that the people of District 60B oppose Donald Trump-style misogyny, racism, anti-immigration rhetoric and Islamophobic division. We stand together to build a more prosperous and equitable district and state.
Despite the best efforts of those who wish to divide us and stand in the way of progress, rest assured that petty rumors like these will not distract me from the important work that lies ahead for our communities.
The controvery continues, nonetheless, as discussed in a story on August 8, 2018, at PJ Media by David Steinberg, State Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Swore to Apparent Falsehoods in Court — While Divorcing Her Alleged Brother.
Her personal history, however, is not Omar’s most controversial history. She’s steeped in the same type of anti-Israel Islamist and leftist fanaticism that has taken hold in the Democratic Socialist wing of the Democratic Party.
In 2012, Omar tweeted:
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel”
More recently, on May 31, 2018, Omar tweeted a favorite (and false) leftist-Islamist claim that Israel is an “Apartheid” state, a claim that is used to delegitimize Israel:
Omar is a *worthy* successor to Ellison’s Farrakhan-driving hatred and lunatic left-wing politics.
So of course, Democratic Socialist star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Omar, who is thrilled to have it:
Ocasio-Cortez appears never to have met an Israel-hater she didn’t like.
And she’s not alone. The progressive movement is backing Omar, including these organizations listed on Omar’s campaign website:
This is the direction the left-wing of the Democratic Party is moving.
The rest of the country, by contrast, as strongly supports Israel as ever before, Gallup: Americans’ support for Israel increases to historical high:
Make no mistake, however, that Omar will be a rising star in Democrat politics regardless of whether she wins the primary. Much like Ocasio-Cortez, she will be promoted by the entertainment industry and media. She appears in this Maroon 5 hit video:
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